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The death and destruction Hurricane Irene caused makes my heart go out to those who lost their homes, family, and friends.
When sadness strikes, sometimes we just need a little comfort. The word, “quiche,” sounds too fancy to be called comfort, but the creamy, eggy dish does just that-comforts.
~This quiche is made with whole brown rice-no flour. It is a great way to use up your leftover rice. You can use some of my suggested fillings below, or create your own mix. Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, and, of course, sugar-free!
Brown Rice Crust:
- 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 egg*
Preheat oven to 350*. Mix rice thoroughly with the egg. Spread mixture evenly on a 9″ pie or tart pan (greasing the pan is optional. My quiche came out fine without it). Spread the mix up the sides of the pan as well. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
- 4 eggs*
- 1 cup milk or milk substitute (like almond milk)
- 2 cups filling, ideas below
- 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper
Whisk together eggs, milk, fillings, salt, and pepper. Pour into Brown Rice crust and bake at 350* for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool ten minutes before slicing and serving.
*May substitute egg whites for whole eggs if desired.
- Veggie: Chopped bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and spinach.
- Mediterranean: Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, capers, and roasted red peppers.
- Meat Lover’s: Bacon, ham, pepperoni, salami, turkey.
- Hawaiian: Canadian bacon, onions, pineapple.
- Leftover: Throw anything and everything you have in the fridge into the quiche.
This is a lot healthier than your typical quiche with the flaky crust full of refined flour and fat. Check out Panera’s Spinach Artichoke Quiche nutrition facts: 540 calories, 34g fat (19g saturated), 165mg cholesterol, 910mg sodium, 38g carbohydrates, 8g sugar, 19g protein. The majority of the calories come from white flour, cheese, cream, and butter.
With my quiche, you get whole grains and fiber from the brown rice, vitamins from the healthy vegetables you add, protein from the eggs, and a filling meal.
I wish I could send this quiche to all of those on the East coast affected by the hurricane. Instead, I give you this recipe and send you a prayer.
THOUGHT-PROVOKING, MIND-PRODDING QUESTION OF THE DAY:
Have you, a family member, or a friend, been affected by hurricane Irene?
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